[Sdpg] ****PR Permaculture & Sustainable Aid Conference/ June 30, July 1 & 2, Santa Barbara CA USA and Santa Monica Tues June 27 6-9pm

Wesley Roe and Marjorie Lakin Erickson lakinroe at silcom.com
Wed Jun 21 06:12:39 PDT 2006

Contact: Margie Bushman
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
(805) 962-2571, email: margie at sbpermaculture.org

Permaculture & Sustainable Aid for the 21st Century:
How to Change the Paradigm of Emergency Disaster Relief & Development
to a Model of Life Affirming Assistance

3 Day Conference
Evening Lecture with Geoff Lawton, Friday, June 30
Workshop July 1 & July 2, 2006
Santa Barbara City College West Campus, Fe Bland Auditorium

         As Americans we have often thought of emergency disaster relief in 
terms of sending aid to other countries, after Hurricane Katrina we also 
see a need to know how to respond in a better way to our own natural 
disasters.  Natural disasters, wars, famines, how does the human family 
respond to each other's needs during these overwhelmingly stressful times? 
What new models can we create to assist each other better?

         Join renowned permaculture teachers and international aid workers 
Geoff Lawton, Nadia Abu Yahia, and Andrew Jones, on July 1 and July 2, 
2006, as they share their experiences working around the globe in recent 
disaster zones and longer term refugee camps, existing from circumstances 
the world may have already forgotten.

         The model of aid permaculture has to offer is vastly different 
from conventional aid, it includes long term development, land care 
restoration strategies, and allies itself strongly with the eco-village 
movement, which incorporates ecological design and natural building 
techniques for even temporary structures.  Permaculture recognizes most 
people have an innate need to help when disaster strikes, and a huge cost 
to cultures if systems aren't designed with viable ways to both assist and 
be assisted when a need might arise.

         Permaculture is a design system based on ecological principles for 
creating sustainable human environments, and is one of the most holistic, 
integrated systems analysis and design methodologies found in the 
world.  Originally coined from the words PERMAnent agriCULTURE, it has 
evolved to one of permanent or sustainable culture with consciously 
designed landscapes that mimic the patterns of nature.

         Geoff Lawton is the Director of the Permaculture Research 
Institute in Australia, assuming the position from Permaculture founder 
Bill Mollison.  Lawton has worked for clients that include communities, 
governments, aid organizations, non-government organizations and 
multi-national companies. Lawton has served clients in 17 different 
countries, including Jordan, Iraq, Egypt , USA, Mexico, Macedonia,Vietnam, 
Costa Rica, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, England, Denmark, Australia and the 
South Pacific. A recent project in Jordan is documented on a video called 
Greening the Desert available for viewing on his website 

         Nadia Abu Yahia (Lawton) was born in the Dead Sea Valley in 
Jordan. She learned traditional ways of land use from her father, an expert 
farmer and herbal healer of Palestinian, Bedouin descent. She later went on 
to complete her permaculture diploma in design, education and site 
development and has recently become a registered permaculture teacher.

         Andrew Jones has 10 years of international experience in emergency 
response, post conflict development and rehabilitation, working extensively 
for CARE International, the United Nations, and various NGO's such as 
SurfAid International.  Jones is a board member of the Permaculture 
Research Institute in Australia and Director of the consulting firm, Full 
Circle (www.fullcirclellc.com). He has worked in the Middle East, South 
Pacific, Asia, Europe and the United States, most recently in Indonesia in 
a post-tsunami recovery context.

         The conference takes place at the Santa Barbara City College West 
Campus, Fe Bland Auditorium, 721 Cliff Drive.  The lecture is on Friday, 
June 30, 7pm, cost $15, pay at the door.
Workshop, Saturday, July 1, 9-5pm, and Sunday, July 2, 9-4pm.  Workshop 
cost is $120 with pre-registration, $140 at the door, Students $100, 
student scholarships available. The Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, 
SBCC Environmental Studies Program, Nutiva, and Hopedance Media sponsor the 
event. For more info and registration, contact: Santa Barbara Permaculture 
Network, margie at sbpermaculture.org; 805-962-2571; www.sbpermaculture.org 
.  For workshop registration, send checks to SB Permaculture Network, PO 
Box 92156, Santa Barbara, CA 93190.


Please Join Us! in welcoming Geoff and Nadia Lawton, come and meet these 
accomplished Permaculture Designers on their first West Coast teaching tour.

Tuesday June 27th 6-9 PM Lecture and Power point presentation with Geoff 
Santa Monica Public Library, The Martin Luther King Auditorium Donation 
The library is located on Santa Monica Blvd. at 6th street in Downtown 
Santa Monica. Ample parking, entrance on 7th street.

Space is limited, please RSVP: Contact David Kahn at 
<info at sustainablehabitats.org> 1-323-667-1330

Geoff Lawton is a world-renowned permaculture practitioner. He emigrated 
from England to Australia and studied permaculture with the originator, 
Bill Mollison, in Tasmania. He founded the Permaculture Research Institute 
(www.permaculture.org.au)on Tagari Farm in New South Wales, Australia, a 
147-acre farmstead previously developed by Mollison. Since 1985, Geoff has 
designed and implemented permaculture projects in 18 countries for private 
individuals and groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, and 
multinational corporations. He has taught the Permaculture Design 
Certificate course in 20 countries.


Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
(805) 962-2571
sbpcnet at silcom.com

"We are like trees, we must create new leaves, in new directions, in order 
to grow." - Anonymous

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